Equal marriage: how your MP voted

Bournemouth Echo: Marriage Bill: how your MP voted Marriage Bill: how your MP voted

DAVID Cameron got his way but saw his party torn in half as gay marriage legislation cleared its first hurdle in the Commons.

The Prime Minister hailed a "step forward for our country" after the House backed the proposals by a big margin of 400 to 175.

However, Labour and Liberal Democrat support masked a massive show of protest by Tories, with 136 taking advantage of a free vote to register opposition. Just 127 endorsed the proposals at second reading, with 40 more either formally abstaining or not voting.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Welsh Secretary David Jones voted against, while fellow Cabinet minister Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, and Attorney General Dominic Grieve stayed away.

In Dorset, Tory MPs Chris Chope, (Christchurch), Bob Walter (North Dorset), Robert Syms (Poole) and Richard Drax (South Dorset) all voted against the bill. Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset and Poole), Conor Burns (Bournemouth West) and Desmond Swayne (New Forest) all voted in favour.

Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East) did not vote on the main bill.

However, Downing Street will be heaving a sigh a relief after no Government members quit to join a rebellion over the timetabling of the legislation, which involved a whipped vote. Attention will now turn to the Lords, where opponents of the plans are expected to mount tough resistance.

Mr Chope told the Commons: “I shall be voting against this bill because I am a Conservative, and also because an overwhelming number of my constituents are against it. I have had, I think, three letters in support of the Bill. That reflects the opinion in the Christchurch constituency.

“The proponents of this bill are under one fundamental misconception—that because a man and a woman are equal before the law, therefore they are the same. They are not the same; men and women are different. Same-sex couples may be equal before the law, but we cannot force them into marriage, which at the moment is set up on the basis that it is between a man and a woman.”

He cited the common law definition of marriage as “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others”.

Responding to the result on Twitter, Mr Cameron wrote: "Strong views exist on both sides but I believe MPs voting for gay people being able to marry too, is a step forward for our country." Labour leader Ed Miliband - who saw 22 of his own MPs rebel against the legislation - said it was a "proud day".

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was a "landmark for equality". He said: "Tonight's vote shows Parliament is very strongly in favour of equal marriage. Marriage is about love and commitment, and it should no longer be denied to people just because they are gay."

The result followed more than six hours of stormy debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. Culture Secretary Maria Miller said the legislation would make England and Wales "a fairer place to live", and insisted religious organisations which did not want to conduct gay marriages had protection.

But Tory MPs lined up to condemn the measures - including the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Graham Brady, who said he had "serious misgivings" over assurances on religious freedom. Former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth said that the Government had no mandate for such a "massive social and cultural change".

Four of the 56 Liberal Democrats opposed the legislation at second reading - including former coalition minister Sarah Teather. In a statement, Ms Teather said she was concerned that the definition of marriage was being changed, and that could make family life more unstable.

This story has been updated to correct the vote of Tobias Ellwood and Robert Syms.

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9:14am Wed 6 Feb 13

bsjc1234 says...

Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.
Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope. bsjc1234
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9:37am Wed 6 Feb 13

twynham says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.
You honestly expected this man to vote in favour of equality?
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.[/p][/quote]You honestly expected this man to vote in favour of equality? twynham
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10:43am Wed 6 Feb 13

John T says...

twynham wrote:
bsjc1234 wrote:
Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.
You honestly expected this man to vote in favour of equality?
Oh yes, and Christopher Chope is the MP who has his wife next to him on his expense funded Chesterfield, paid for by the taxpayer, as his secretary (not servant, please note!)
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.[/p][/quote]You honestly expected this man to vote in favour of equality?[/p][/quote]Oh yes, and Christopher Chope is the MP who has his wife next to him on his expense funded Chesterfield, paid for by the taxpayer, as his secretary (not servant, please note!) John T
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10:46am Wed 6 Feb 13

Glashen says...

bsjc1234 wrote:
Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.
Another reason not to vote for the man as far as I am concerned. Mind you I would have been amazed if he had voted for.
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But please can we now forget this distraction does anyone really care if a few people of the same sex want to use the word marriage, good now they can.
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Maybe we can all look at what the government are doing about investment in the economy, our involvement in Mali and the cutting of benefits. Issues that actually matter.
[quote][p][bold]bsjc1234[/bold] wrote: Never thought I would say it but well done Mr Chris Chope.[/p][/quote]Another reason not to vote for the man as far as I am concerned. Mind you I would have been amazed if he had voted for. - But please can we now forget this distraction does anyone really care if a few people of the same sex want to use the word marriage, good now they can. - Maybe we can all look at what the government are doing about investment in the economy, our involvement in Mali and the cutting of benefits. Issues that actually matter. Glashen
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10:48am Wed 6 Feb 13

Hessenford says...

Who cares, most other countries allow it and if it wasn't voted in here there would just be more human rights cases going forward.
It will never affect my way of life and I have no time for the view of the bible bashers, it will happen in time anyway so what's the difference.
Who cares, most other countries allow it and if it wasn't voted in here there would just be more human rights cases going forward. It will never affect my way of life and I have no time for the view of the bible bashers, it will happen in time anyway so what's the difference. Hessenford
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11:06am Wed 6 Feb 13

buickboy says...

#1 How can this EVER have been a free vote?
Blackmail, bullying and coercion being the order of the day with junior ministers told their careers could be harmed, others threatened with lack of support in by-elections etc etc if they voted against the proposal.
#2 Once again this government and indeed Westminster generally shows how out of touch it is with public sentiment.
#3 I have nothing against gay marriage but with all the major political and economic problems in the world today is this the time to be spending time and millions of pounds on what should be, let's face it, a pretty minor priority?
No doubt I will be vilified and branded homophobic now for daring to speak my mind.But hey- whatever?
#4 In response to an earlier post on this issue I have been threatened by the Echo with being banned - so much for ' have your say'!
I neither used bad language nor attacked anyone personally.
Well I WILL have my say and if you don't like it Echo, don't invite people to comment
#1 How can this EVER have been a free vote? Blackmail, bullying and coercion being the order of the day with junior ministers told their careers could be harmed, others threatened with lack of support in by-elections etc etc if they voted against the proposal. #2 Once again this government and indeed Westminster generally shows how out of touch it is with public sentiment. #3 I have nothing against gay marriage but with all the major political and economic problems in the world today is this the time to be spending time and millions of pounds on what should be, let's face it, a pretty minor priority? No doubt I will be vilified and branded homophobic now for daring to speak my mind.But hey- whatever? #4 In response to an earlier post on this issue I have been threatened by the Echo with being banned - so much for ' have your say'! I neither used bad language nor attacked anyone personally. Well I WILL have my say and if you don't like it Echo, don't invite people to comment buickboy
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11:09am Wed 6 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

Why should politics dictate who consenting adults may or may not marry? If gay people want to get married, so what? That's their choice, no-one else's!

There are much bigger issues in this country that homophobic MPs and churches, such as scrounging MPs and their second homes, their outrageous expenses, their lies, the government's complete lack of ability to reduce our debt, the state of our roads, the outrageous level of tax on fuel, energy and beer, taxes on taxes, and gawd only knows what else.

Stop moaning about gay people wanting to get married and find a real problem to moan about instead!
Why should politics dictate who consenting adults may or may not marry? If gay people want to get married, so what? That's their choice, no-one else's! There are much bigger issues in this country that homophobic MPs and churches, such as scrounging MPs and their second homes, their outrageous expenses, their lies, the government's complete lack of ability to reduce our debt, the state of our roads, the outrageous level of tax on fuel, energy and beer, taxes on taxes, and gawd only knows what else. Stop moaning about gay people wanting to get married and find a real problem to moan about instead! speedy231278
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11:10am Wed 6 Feb 13

Sam Shepherd says...

buickboy wrote:
#1 How can this EVER have been a free vote?
Blackmail, bullying and coercion being the order of the day with junior ministers told their careers could be harmed, others threatened with lack of support in by-elections etc etc if they voted against the proposal.
#2 Once again this government and indeed Westminster generally shows how out of touch it is with public sentiment.
#3 I have nothing against gay marriage but with all the major political and economic problems in the world today is this the time to be spending time and millions of pounds on what should be, let's face it, a pretty minor priority?
No doubt I will be vilified and branded homophobic now for daring to speak my mind.But hey- whatever?
#4 In response to an earlier post on this issue I have been threatened by the Echo with being banned - so much for ' have your say'!
I neither used bad language nor attacked anyone personally.
Well I WILL have my say and if you don't like it Echo, don't invite people to comment
Morning. Your warning was not in relation to a post on this issue but a post on another story, which if you check your email you will see has been explained.

Thanks
[quote][p][bold]buickboy[/bold] wrote: #1 How can this EVER have been a free vote? Blackmail, bullying and coercion being the order of the day with junior ministers told their careers could be harmed, others threatened with lack of support in by-elections etc etc if they voted against the proposal. #2 Once again this government and indeed Westminster generally shows how out of touch it is with public sentiment. #3 I have nothing against gay marriage but with all the major political and economic problems in the world today is this the time to be spending time and millions of pounds on what should be, let's face it, a pretty minor priority? No doubt I will be vilified and branded homophobic now for daring to speak my mind.But hey- whatever? #4 In response to an earlier post on this issue I have been threatened by the Echo with being banned - so much for ' have your say'! I neither used bad language nor attacked anyone personally. Well I WILL have my say and if you don't like it Echo, don't invite people to comment[/p][/quote]Morning. Your warning was not in relation to a post on this issue but a post on another story, which if you check your email you will see has been explained. Thanks Sam Shepherd
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12:49pm Wed 6 Feb 13

In Absentia says...

Why didn't Ellwood vote? Sounds like a complete cop-out to me.
Why didn't Ellwood vote? Sounds like a complete cop-out to me. In Absentia
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12:55pm Wed 6 Feb 13

In Absentia says...

What also made me laugh was the fact that one of the main speakers against the bill, Sir Roger Gale, is so supportive of the concept of marriage, that he's personally on his 3rd! Brilliant.
What also made me laugh was the fact that one of the main speakers against the bill, Sir Roger Gale, is so supportive of the concept of marriage, that he's personally on his 3rd! Brilliant. In Absentia
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3:59pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Annette, you'll never be getting another one of my votes, sorry.
Annette, you'll never be getting another one of my votes, sorry. Letcommonsenseprevail
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4:40pm Wed 6 Feb 13

s-pb2 says...

Meanwhile a report released yesterday from YouGov and universities state that 1,500,000 children in this country are in poverty with police, health visitors, teachers and social workers agreeing that current funding to help those children suffering from neglect involving food, warmth and education is completely insufficient.

Now you know why there was a vote on gay marriage yesterday. Typical of this government using distraction tactics from truly horrific news
Meanwhile a report released yesterday from YouGov and universities state that 1,500,000 children in this country are in poverty with police, health visitors, teachers and social workers agreeing that current funding to help those children suffering from neglect involving food, warmth and education is completely insufficient. Now you know why there was a vote on gay marriage yesterday. Typical of this government using distraction tactics from truly horrific news s-pb2
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4:46pm Wed 6 Feb 13

s-pb2 says...

Sam Shepherd wrote:
buickboy wrote:
#1 How can this EVER have been a free vote?
Blackmail, bullying and coercion being the order of the day with junior ministers told their careers could be harmed, others threatened with lack of support in by-elections etc etc if they voted against the proposal.
#2 Once again this government and indeed Westminster generally shows how out of touch it is with public sentiment.
#3 I have nothing against gay marriage but with all the major political and economic problems in the world today is this the time to be spending time and millions of pounds on what should be, let's face it, a pretty minor priority?
No doubt I will be vilified and branded homophobic now for daring to speak my mind.But hey- whatever?
#4 In response to an earlier post on this issue I have been threatened by the Echo with being banned - so much for ' have your say'!
I neither used bad language nor attacked anyone personally.
Well I WILL have my say and if you don't like it Echo, don't invite people to comment
Morning. Your warning was not in relation to a post on this issue but a post on another story, which if you check your email you will see has been explained.

Thanks
I think people sometimes forget this site does not belong to them
[quote][p][bold]Sam Shepherd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buickboy[/bold] wrote: #1 How can this EVER have been a free vote? Blackmail, bullying and coercion being the order of the day with junior ministers told their careers could be harmed, others threatened with lack of support in by-elections etc etc if they voted against the proposal. #2 Once again this government and indeed Westminster generally shows how out of touch it is with public sentiment. #3 I have nothing against gay marriage but with all the major political and economic problems in the world today is this the time to be spending time and millions of pounds on what should be, let's face it, a pretty minor priority? No doubt I will be vilified and branded homophobic now for daring to speak my mind.But hey- whatever? #4 In response to an earlier post on this issue I have been threatened by the Echo with being banned - so much for ' have your say'! I neither used bad language nor attacked anyone personally. Well I WILL have my say and if you don't like it Echo, don't invite people to comment[/p][/quote]Morning. Your warning was not in relation to a post on this issue but a post on another story, which if you check your email you will see has been explained. Thanks[/p][/quote]I think people sometimes forget this site does not belong to them s-pb2
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5:20pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

In Absentia wrote:
Why didn't Ellwood vote? Sounds like a complete cop-out to me.
Elwood Blues? I think I know what he'd have to say on the matter and I dare say it wouldn't take long for the Echo censor machine to scrub that post!!!
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: Why didn't Ellwood vote? Sounds like a complete cop-out to me.[/p][/quote]Elwood Blues? I think I know what he'd have to say on the matter and I dare say it wouldn't take long for the Echo censor machine to scrub that post!!! Letcommonsenseprevail
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5:34pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Hessenford wrote:
Who cares, most other countries allow it and if it wasn't voted in here there would just be more human rights cases going forward.
It will never affect my way of life and I have no time for the view of the bible bashers, it will happen in time anyway so what's the difference.
'Most other countries allow it'? Oh, that must make it okay then.........
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Who cares, most other countries allow it and if it wasn't voted in here there would just be more human rights cases going forward. It will never affect my way of life and I have no time for the view of the bible bashers, it will happen in time anyway so what's the difference.[/p][/quote]'Most other countries allow it'? Oh, that must make it okay then......... Letcommonsenseprevail
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7:15pm Wed 6 Feb 13

charmy1 says...

If two people love each other enough no matter what the sex then why should they not be allowed to marry?
If two people love each other enough no matter what the sex then why should they not be allowed to marry? charmy1
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